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STEM-gineers

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Have what it takes to be an inventor? After researching the life of a famous inventor or innovator, scholars brainstorm the characteristics of a successful innovator. They then take part in a project of their choice to learn about the...
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In Our Own Words: A Story Book with a Purpose

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Academics turn into storytellers in an engaging activity on activism. The activity focuses on promoting social change in local communities with stories. Young historians plan a storybook to target a specific audience and social issue and...
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Photo Essay Exhibit

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Let the pictures do the talking. Children tell their stories using provided guidelines for a photo essay exhibit. Discussion questions and checklist materials help pupils brainstorm and create photo essays to help inspire social change.
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The Polar Express Newspaper

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Boost writing skills and reading comprehension with a lesson plan that combines the art of journalistic writing and a favorite children's story. Young journalists compose an article referencing an event from the story, The Polar Express...
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Digging into Halloween

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Halloween is the topic of a writing activity that challenges scholars to research the holiday and create an information product such as a brochure or oral report. A presentation activates prior knowledge in preparation for a small group...
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Candy Bar Book Report and Character Study

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Over five days, scholars conduct a character study and report on the class story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Scholars first examine a candy bar wrapper, list their observations, and name as many candy bar names they...
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First Day of School

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
On the first day of school, get to know your class members, and encourage friendship with a poetry lesson that uses adjectives. Scholars brainstorm personality traits, draft an "I Am" poem composed of words that describe them, then share...
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Who Was Rosa Parks?

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
A whole-class discussion about segregation leads scholars' into the topic of Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. Small groups work collaboratively to respond to an informational text. A themed-word search is completed independently. 
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Setting Up Your Report Before You Write

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young scholars have many questions, but when it comes to finding the answers, they come up a bit short. Help them learn where to turn to solve their queries with a research structure instructional activity. As elementary students...
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Celebrating Women’s History Month

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Examine the lives of four women—Blanche Stuart Scott, Madeleine L'Engle, Margaret Evans Price, and Sybil Ludington—in a 23-page activity packet. Each profile comes with a set of vocabulary and reading comprehension questions. Further...
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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Children in foster care face a lot of uncertainty in their lives. A guide for the novel One for the Murphys introduces a main character, Carley, who is thrust into the foster care system. Chapter-by-chapter questions cover key details in...
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Core Curriculum Lesson Plans for Jefferson's Sons

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Thomas Jefferson lived a controversial life. A series of lesson plans shares information about Jefferson's Sons, a novel about the infamous founding father. Discussion questions and other tasks explore different points of view and cover...
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Core Curriculum Lesson Plans for The Lions of Little Rock

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Schools in the 1950s and 60s looked very different from the schools we know today. An educator's guide explores the civil rights movement and, specifically, the process of integrating schools. Questions cover key themes in the novel and...
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Folklore and Fairytales: A Guide to Using Traditional Tales and Reimagined Classics

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Every culture has its own stories to tell. An interesting educator's guide shares a large collection of fairytales and folktales, some from different cultures and some re-creations of classics. A summary and brief teaching ideas...
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An Educator's Guide to the Works of Lynda Mullaly Hunt

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Middle school years can be tough. An educator's guide for the works of Lynda Mullaly Hunt introduces readers to two texts that discuss the struggles pre-teens face during middle school. Chapter-by-chapter questions and activities for two...
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The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

For Teachers 5th Standards
Compare and contrast popular works of fantasy literature with an in-depth reading comprehension unit. Language arts learners study the theme of good versus evil, fantastical characters and symbols, and the value of a visual...
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My Dream Career

For Teachers 6th Standards
Is your job a dream come true? Career seekers research to discover what their ideal jobs might be in the second of five career and college readiness lessons for sixth graders. After determining their occupational clusters, individuals...
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Who Am I?

For Teachers 5th Standards
Get in touch with your sense of self! The fifth and final instructional activity in a series of college and career lessons for fifth graders reinforces the relationship between interests and career choices. Pupils play a scenario-driven...
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What’s the Market for My Labor?

For Teachers 5th Standards
Is it easy to find a job I'll love? Show scholars the importance of understanding the labor market with part three in a five-part series of career and college readiness lesson plans. After learning important vocabulary, learners track...
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Maltese Cross Cabin

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
The Maltese Cross Cabin, a frontier residence of Theodore Roosevelt, is a time capsule that commemorates Roosevelt's time in the Dakota territory. An explanatory video and response guide takes students on a virtual tour of the wooden...
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Acrostic Poems

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
What is an acrostic poem? It is one of the many forms of poetry that expresses a particular thought, idea, emotion, or feeling. Play with an interactive that allows young poets to craft a topical acrostic of their choice using an online...
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Theme Poems

For Students K - 5th Standards
Continue celebrating Poetry Month with an interactive whose focus is writing shape, or theme, poems. Young poets choose from nature, school, shapes, sports, and celebration themes. Then, they brainstorm words that have to do with the...
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Webquest: St Patrick’s Day

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Send scholars on a webquest on St. Patrick's Day! Computer enthusiasts search the web to answer a series of questions, write a mini biography about St. Patrick, discover and write a summary about the holiday's symbols and traditions, and...
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The Flight of Amelia Earhart Teaching Guide

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Amelia Earhart's accomplishments and strength of character extend beyond her status as one of the first female aviators in America. Elementary and middle schoolers learn about Earhart's early life and the historical context surrounding...